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Storm weakens after heavy rain, evacuation in southern India

Dec. 04, 2021 01:28 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A tropical storm weakened after dumping heavy rains overnight in parts of southern India off the Bay of Bengal as more than 50,000 people evacuated to government-run camps, officials said Saturday. No loss of life or major damage has been...

Makar, Avalanche bounce back, beat Canadiens 4-1

Dec. 03, 2021 00:47 AM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Cale Makar scored to put Colorado ahead to stay late in the second period, Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist, and the Avalanche beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night. Andre Borkovsky and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the...

$2.5B Hurricane Ida aid to Louisiana residents, businesses

Dec. 02, 2021 14:16 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents and businesses have received $2.5 billion in federal aid related to Hurricane Ida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. It said another $27.8 million has been approved in public assistance grants for local...

Lawmakers outline insurance complaints after Hurricane Ida

Dec. 01, 2021 15:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Slow responses to damage claims. Constant switch-ups of insurance adjusters assessing the destruction. Low payment offers forcing people unnecessarily into litigation to get a fair deal. Louisiana lawmakers and others said Wednesday that those...

WHO nations launch steps toward deal to fight pandemics

Dec. 01, 2021 13:07 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization hailing a key step by its member states on Wednesday to launch work toward an international agreement to help prevent, prepare for and respond to future pandemics in the wake of COVID-19. WHO Director-General...

WA residents asked to remain vigilant amid latest rain event

Nov. 30, 2021 22:12 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Officials on Tuesday asked residents in northwest Washington to remain vigilant as another atmospheric river brought heavy rain to an area that experienced severe flooding earlier this month and additional flooding earlier this week. Forecasters...

Washington state sees more flooding, next storm approaches

Nov. 29, 2021 20:19 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Localized flooding in Washington state from another in a series of rainstorms doesn't appear to be as severe as an extreme weather flooding event earlier in the month. People in the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest Washington...

WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

Nov. 29, 2021 06:06 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many...

Cahokia Heights hopes for federal help with flooding woes

Nov. 28, 2021 09:11 AM EST

CAHOKIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Metro East community leaders hope the federal infrastructure deal will help address decades of flooding and sewage problems. Officials in Cahokia Heights blame years of neglected sewer, water and road systems for the repeated problems. ...

Flood watches issued in Northwest as some urged to evacuate

Nov. 27, 2021 22:03 PM EST

Residents in Washington state were preparing for possible flooding as “atmospheric rivers” once again threatened parts of the Northwest, which saw heavy damage from extreme weather earlier this month. People in the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest...